Report of the Panel of Experts on North Korea established pursuant to resolution 1874 (2009)

May 1, 2011

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Patterns of air shipment

129. For the air shipment of cargo whose illicit nature could resist the level of monitoring and scrutiny attached to passenger flights, such as certain dual-use items, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is reported to use regular Air Koryo passenger flights.  Considering the limited number of foreign international airports served by regular Air Koryo passenger flights, such cargo would in most cases pass through those airports and be trans-shipped on to other regular scheduled passenger flights all the way through to their final destination.  Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air, with trans-shipment through a neighboring third country.


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